Clemens Schuldt

Hailed by the press as one of the most exciting conductors emerging from Germany today, Clemens Schuldt has recently been appointed as Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, a position he will commence from the 2023/24 season. He is widely praised for his innovative interpretations and his deep understanding of music. His knowledge, particularly about the classical and romantic repertoire, as well as his creativity to include lesser-known and contemporary works in his programmes are widely acclaimed.

The 2022/23 season will see Clemens Schuldt making his debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. He will furthermore return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as to the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

In addition to symphonic work, Clemens Schuldt also devotes himself intensively to opera. In December 2022 he will conduct the revival of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In spring 2023, Garsington Opera has engaged him for Mozart’s “Mitridate, re di Ponto” together with The English Consort. Schuldt spent two years as Conductor in Residence at the Staatstheater Mainz, where he leads new productions of Bellini’s “Norma”, Gluck’s “Armide”, Gounod’s “Faust” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto” as well as performances of Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer”. In 2019 he made his acclaimed debut at the Venice Biennale, conducting George Benjamin’s opera “Written on Skin” with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai.

Highlights of the past season with the Münchener Kammerorchester, whose Chief Conductor he was from 2016 to 2022, include a recording of Márton Illés’ Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, concerts at the Dresdner Festspiele as well as an extraordinary Beethoven project with Jazzrausch Bigband at the Isarphilharmonie Munich. Furthermore, he made his debuts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Weimar, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other European orchestras Clemens Schuldt has appeared with include the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR and SWR Radio Symphony Orchestras as well as ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bamberger Symphoniker, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. Further afield, he conducted the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Xian Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he enjoys working with include Khatia Buniatishvili, Collin Currie, Vilde Frang, Ilya Gringolts, Håkan Hardenberger, Steven Isserlis, Igor Levit, Baiba Skride, Kian Soltani, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Trifonov, Alisa Weilerstein und Frank-Peter Zimmermann.

Clemens Schuldt won the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London in 2010 and was the Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for one year. Born in Bremen, he first studied violin and performed with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He then completed his conducting studies in Düsseldorf, Vienna and Weimar.

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